Well i’m 5 days into my personal challenge for writing every day in November. So far it’s been a great opportunity to get myself into healthy work habits and keep my wit sharp. Along with a lot of other cool stuff going on it’s been a huge confidence boost and I’ve felt mostly kickass all week.
My strategy is to primarily write in the morning when I can. It doesn’t always happen as I can get distracted or awake to some work that I wasn’t expecting but it’s my optimal time to write.
It’s a great way to start off my day. Gets my brain going before it’s loud and filled with all the random shit I see and learn the next few hours. Helps remind me I can do anything with just a little discipline and creativity.
More most importantly though… It’s a good excuse to justify spending the first hour of my morning in bed without any pants.
There’s a quote out there that goes something like: “If you listen long enough the customer will tell you how to sell them.”
I’m unsure the origin or the exact wording but I have some personal examples to share that will prove it right.
I run a crypto currency apparel store called Ethereumclothing.com. Obviously the main product is Ethereum themed t-shirts and what not if you can’t tell from the name.
A market like this is pretty young. There hasn’t really been any tested and proven strategies. There’s very little competition in fact only a few months in and i’m already the only major dealer of Ethereum t-shirts and and totally dominating the SEO game, being beat out only by big name sites like Redbubble with thousands of products.
When it comes to making an impact the only option is to stay active in the community and waiting for them to tell you how to sell them. Just a few weeks ago I posted some t-shirts and from the feedback was inspired to create new products thus leading to more sales. Here’s the comments:
Literally the customers asked for something I made it happen. We both win because I was willing to listen to my customers instead of assuming I knew what was best.
So I had the cool opportunity to be Abbey Lovett’s first podcast guest. We talked about a lot of great stuff. Authenticity, Praxis, Struggle and my favorite topic: Drugs.
One of the things I mentioned was how important it is for entrepreneurs like me to be open about our drug use and how weird we really are. It’s common for young aspiring entrepreneurs to feel turned off from the culture because they think they need to be clean cut white bread corporate guys. There’s nothing wrong with being straight edge or wearing a suit buts it’s so far from the truth for the average founder.
The fact of the matter is most entrepreneurs are the weirdest people you’ll meet. It’s our weirdness that keeps us from wanting just another basic 9 to 5 office job. You gotta be a little off to think risking it all and sleeping in your car for a week is worth seeing your startup through. You’ve got to be a little strange to enjoy staying up all night putting together your code or crafting the perfect pitch deck. Normal people just don’t do what we do.
Even Peter Thiel mentions this. He has a whole chapter in Zero to One dedicated to discussing how strange his PayPal founders were and outrageous the personality types of other famous entrepreneurs have been. “Of the six people who started PayPal, four had built bombs in high school” is literally the first sentence in his 14th chapter.
Entrepreneurs are weird and there’s no point in hiding it. Let that freak flag fly.
Duolingo is awesome. I’m almost done with my first week and I’m totally hooked.
I took two years of German in highschool and I’ve been eager to get back on it. Learning a new language is a perfect way to sharpen my brain and give me insight into a whole new culture.
If you’re thinking about developing a fresh skill I’d highly recommend giving the Duolingo app a shot. The creators have really perfected the gamification of learning. Every time you complete a task you get a very pleasant ring noise almost like you’re scoring points in a Mario game or something. There’s so much simple yet satisfying positive reinforcement. It’s just awesome how much fun learning can be if educators use creative solutions instead of the bland status quo.
Wanna learn a language? Go download Duolingo! You’ll only need to dedicate a few minutes a day and you’ll be on your way to being a more kick ass version of yourself.
You can follow my username gabethedrone and compete with me.
I’m no guru but i’ve been around. Here’s some important things i’ve learned
1) Everyone is an impostor
You know that feeling you get sometimes that you’re out of your league? Maybe it’s in the workplace and you feel like you’re not at all qualified for your job. Maybe it’s chatting up some cutie at a party and you think they’re way too good for you.
Well guess what!? Everyone feels that way. Everyone gets these feelings. The hot shot VP at your business feels totally in over his head every day. That adorable young thing at the party is just as nervous as you are. The trick to getting over impostor syndrome is learning everyone is an impostor.
2) Always be honest with yourself
The worst thing you can do is not be true to your desires and emotions. If you want something don’t try to suppress your feelings. You don’t have to act on them but you need to be fully honest with yourself about them. The more you know about yourself the easier it is grow as a person. Embrace authenticity.
3) Don’t run from struggles
The best sights are seen from the top of the mountain not from the bottom. You have to make that hike. If you’re scared of pushing yourself through the pain you’ll never get elevated.